Prison Pipeline

Prison PipelineMISSION STATEMENT

Prison Pipeline is a radio program dedicated to educating the public about the Oregon criminal justice system. Our goal is to present a unique understanding of the criminal justice system, address the root causes of crime, and challenge the status quo. We seek to promote awareness and activism in order to foster a safe, healthy, and just society.
Tune in every Monday evening at 6:30 to hear our hosts Karen James, Peter Pincetl, Justin Chapin, Stephanie Guy and Amy Johnson explore the Oregon justice system with a variety of guests. Hosts rotate weekly. Prison Pipeline's engineer is Danielle Parks.

 
Please feel free to connect with us with any questions, comments or suggestions at kbooppc@gmail.com

 


Coming Soon

Cascade Media Convergence & Political Prisoner Sundiata Acoli
Liysa Swart, Domestic Violence Advocate
 

Episode Archive

Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society
Amy Johnson interviews members of the Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc (M.I.S.S.). M.I.S.S. is a non-profit support group for families of the incarcerated. M.I.S.S'  website, mothersofinmates.org, has resources for family members and hosts a chat forum primarily for mothers and fathers dealing with the incarceration of a child. Learn about this valuable resource and how it is helping family members cope with the pain and isolation of their loved one's incarceration and the group's actions to persuade legislators to change our justice system.

Massachusetts Prisoner's Lonely Journey

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Massachusetts Prisoner's Lonely Journey
Justin Chapin interviews Tony, a Massachusetts prisoner and acquaintance, who uses his precious phone time to tell us his story. Accused and convicted of a crime from which there is no recovery, Tony was abandoned by his friends and family. After an attempted suicide at his trial, he managed to escape for two weeks. Join me for a rare, personal insight into a lonely journey, parallels of which are all too common in America's justice system.

Ruth Kovacs hosts!

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Ruth Kovacs hosts!
Longtime Prison Pipeline host Ruth Kovacs is back in Portland and behind the mic at KBOO! Join Ruth and guests as she talks about her plans for involvement with people in and out of the prison system.


Mass Incarceration is Slavery

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 08/04/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Mass Incarceration is Slavery
Morgan Kelly presents a workshop by JoNina Abron-Ervin & Lorenzo Ervin. “Mass Imprisonment is Prison Slavery” was presented at the 5th Annual Law & Disorder Conference held May 2014 at Portland State University. More people are incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails than in any other country in the world. With just five percent of the world’s population, America has twenty-five percent of the world’s prison population. The workshop examines how the “war” on drugs led to the current mass imprisonment of people of color, who comprise half of the over two million people incarcerated in U.S.

School to Prison Pipeline

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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School to Prison Pipeline
Dakotah Kennedy interviews Mark McKechnie from Youth, Rights, & Justice about the school-to-prison pipeline. The school-to-prison pipeline refers to certain rules that channel youth (particularly youth of color) out of school and into the criminal justice system. Tune in to hear both Mark's thoughts on the issue as well as the personal experiences from the guys incarcerated at MacLaren. http://youthrightsjustice.org/mission
http://www.oregon.gov/oya/pages/facilities/maclaren.aspx

Wynema Leonard, Oyate Ki Club

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Wynema Leonard, Oyate Ki Club

Stephanie Guy with Wynema Leonard, princess, Oyate Ki Club. Lakota Oyate Ki is a Native American culture club located within the walls of the Oregon State Penitentiary. The Lakota Club is organized by Native inmates to provide quality programs and support to address the unique social, cultural, and economic needs of Native inmates. The Lakota Club is led by Native inmates and through their organizing the Lakota Club is preserving, restoring and sustaining their Indian heritage and connection with the broader Native community.

Removing Barriers: A Fair Chance For All

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Removing Barriers: A Fair Chance For All
Peter Pincetl interviews Patty Katz with Oregon Action about the new Ban the Box campaign.  Employment and housing are the most important influences for decreasing recidivism and it's time to provide a fair chance for all who work and ban "the box" -- the section of employment applications where applicants must disclose arrest or conviction.  By removing this barrier to employment, we can give a fair chance to thousands of Oregonians who just want to support their families.  Finding and securing adequate housing is one of the most difficult challenges faced by formerly incarcerated people, and homelessness is very prevalent.  Passing Fair Chance Policies is critical to creating a more equitable community.

Creative Writing in Prison

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Creative Writing in Prison
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Amy Johnson interviews Ann Marie O'Malley and her former students Akiaz King, Nathan McNair and Michael Dillon. Since 2012 Ann Marie has been teaching creative writing at Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI), a minimum security facility in Northeast Portland. Ann Marie works at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Southeast Portland. The Center empowers people to publish themselves and she has published 6 books from writings generated by CRCI students in a series called From a Number to a Name.
www.iprc.org

Mary Graham: Healing & Hope

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Mary Graham: Healing & Hope

Karen James interviews Mary Graham, whose husband, Donald Graham, after serving 20 years in prison, was shot and killed by the Clackamas County sheriff.  Mary's four daughters were taken by the State.  She spent time in prison and turned to drugs to ease the pain.  Her story is a remarkable journey from pain and loss to healing and hope.

Kids for Cash

Program: 
Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Kids for Cash

Justin Chapin interviews Robert May, director and producer of the recent non-fiction film “KIDS FOR CASH”. The film is about the scandal involving Pennsylvania judges Mark Ciaverella and Michael Conahan, the private prison system and 3,000 children. May opens up about his personal views and the message that he's trying to deliver. The prison pipeline also involves children, the issue is systemic. Why is this happening and what can we do about it?

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Prison Pipeline 10/03/11 w/ Carlos Chavez Hosted by Megan Vosk

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Mon, 10/03/2011

Megan Vosk interviews Carlos Chavez about his work with the youth at MacLaren Corrections Facility.  A student produced collage is played.

  • Title: PP 10-03
  • Length: 26:11 minutes (29.97 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 9/26/11 w/ Three guests from the Clark County Drug Court Program Hosted by Grace E. Reed

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Mon, 09/26/2011

Drug Court:  What is it?  How does it work?  Does it help?

Grace interviews Brad Finegood,  coordinator of the Drug Court in Clark County,  Dorrie Ingersall,  a graduate of the Clark County Drug Court Program,  and Jerimiah Waugh,  also a graduate of the Clark County Drug Court Program. 

  • Title: PP 9-26
  • Length: 28:32 minutes (32.66 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 9/19/11 w/ Three guests from the Re-entry Transition Center Hosted by Peter Pincetl

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Mon, 09/19/2011

Prison Pipeline comes to you this week w/ 3 guests from the Re-entry Transition Center - A one stop location on 1818 NE MLK Blvd,  Portland OR.  Where formerly incarcerated people released with in the past 2 years can go to access all the services they need.  Our guests are Alverda McCoy,  a navigator of the RTC,  Anne O'Malley,  one of the founders of the RTC,  and Dominique Badan - a client of the RTC.

RTC Address:  1818 NE Martin Luther King Blvd,  Portland OR.

Phone:  # 971-255-0547

Email:  mercycorpsnw.org

  • Length: 24:44 minutes (56.63 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 9/12/11 w/ Mark A hosted by Grace E. Reed

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Mon, 09/12/2011

In this episode Grace interviews Mark A.,  musician,  father and member of various reform programs.  He shares his insights on sobriety programs,  prison reform and the importance of music and hope.

  • Length: 27:40 minutes (25.33 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 9/5/11 w/ Patti Katz Hosted by John Thiemeyer

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Mon, 09/05/2011

John talks with Patti Katz about the 10th annual Hands Across The Bridge,  a Portland/Vancouver rally to celebrate sobriety and recovery.

  • Title: PP 9/5 mp3
  • Length: 30:32 minutes (34.95 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 8/08/11 w/ Sgt. Shane Gardner Hosted by Grace E. Reed

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Prison Pipeline
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Mon, 08/08/2011

Grace talks with Shane about how society needs more chances for better choices and so do inmates,  especially those coming out of prison on parole.  Drastic changes and getting to the source of prevention through treatment, enforcement and restoration are needed to reduce recisivm and increase opportunities for success.

  • Length: 27:01 minutes (24.73 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 8/1/11 w/ Jay Scroggin Hosted by Jeremiah Stromberg

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Mon, 08/01/2011

Jay Scroggin the Executive Director of the Oregon Board of Parole & Post Prison Supervision addresses issues such as the Parole Board's authority, psychological evaluations, and the role family and supporters can play in helping inmates obtain release and more importantly, remain released.

  • Length: 26:48 minutes (24.54 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 7/25/11 W/ Chad and Troy Hosted by Rex Newton

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Mon, 07/25/2011

With 1.7 ;million children with parents in prison, parenting from prison becomes a critical skill for incarcerated parents.  Two former incarcerated fathers talk about their experiences of parenting their children while serving their prison sentences. An overview of the problem of generational criminality is discussed.

  • Length: 27:25 minutes (25.1 MB)
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Prison Pipeline 7/18/11 w/ Grace Eagle Reed Hosted by Megan Vosk

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Mon, 07/18/2011

In this episode, Megan Vosk interviewed Grace Eagle Reed about the importance of creative expression in the prisons. Grace discussed how the journey of interpersonal conflict produces chances for better choices by at-risk youth. She shared her experience teaching writing and poetry at the Residential Alcohol/Drug (RAD) Community Justice Juvenile Services from 2006-2008.

The severe life struggles of the students inspired creativity and allowed space for an open ended process to happen. Grace and the students came together in a state of hard earned trust and talked from the heart on those magic days in Portland, Oregon.

Grace read a few excerpts from her book, Needs. The book contains poems and short stories that reflect the life experiences of addicted youth who were unsuccessful in their communities and were placed in juvenile justice. 

For more information, see Grace's website - www.negotiatingshadows.com

 

 

  • Length: 29:19 minutes (26.84 MB)
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Prison Pipeline w/ Sharon Shannon of the Washington County Re-entry Council Hosted by Peter Pincetl

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Mon, 07/11/2011

This is the first show hosted by the new Prison Pipeline Collective, called together by Ruth Kovacs to continue in her footsteps. Ruth has retired after hosting the show for many years. Thank you Ruth.

This  weeks host is Peter Pincetl, former coordinator of Re-entry Organizations and Resources (ROAR). The guest on the show is Sharon Shannon, Chair of the Washington County Re-entry Council (WCRC). Sharon speaks about re-entry services coalitions, some important topics to re-entry, and introduces how to get further invloved in the WCRC. After listening, if you are interested in getting involved in either the WCRC or ROAR, please email dcooper@mercycorpsnw.org (ROAR) or wcrc1@comcast.net (Washington County Re-entry Council).

Comments

Any Advice?

Hi, I am starting to reach the end of my rope of resources, and I thought I'd try you guys and see if you have some advice or helpful programs for this sort of matter.

I have a close friend who has been on the run for a while (over 2 years). He was arrested and charged with 2 felonies, Burglary and something else similar, for going onto his own property that was supposed to be abandoned. The people who were living there didn't pay rent for over 1 year, were impossible to reach by telephone, notified the landlord twice in person that they were moving. The landlord was getting letters from the city for code violations, and abondonment, he's fairly certain one of both of their main utilities (water or electric) were shut off, mail piled up, mostly empty house, etc. He was on the property one day, removed a couple items, mostly just assessing the amount of work to be done, came back the next day, had been there for a while when the cops showed up. They asked if he had been inside the premises, he said yes, that he felt he was within his rights as landlord, cops said you thought wrong. Everyone, including public defense acted as though this was an open and shut case of guilt, so no research was done to find out if anyone was even living there to be burgled in the first place!!

We don't know what to do now. I thought I would be able to hire a lawyer eventually who could prove this whole thing to be ridiculous, but now I am finding out any lawyer would be minimum $5000, most likely much, much more! I don't understand a system that can charge someone with a bogus crime, and leave them to the wolves. It seems wrong to tell someone that if they don't have $10,000 for their own defense, then they may as well take the charge, do the time, and try to move on with their life. Is there any such thing as a lawyer who cares, and will take a case based more on values than money?

Do you guys have any programs that offer discounted criminal defense lawyers, or know how I can maybe represent him myself if I can get all the facts right, or get copies of police reports, etc.? Any advice at all would be helpful...

Thanks
Susy

Recent Topics Discussed on Prison Pipleline

Do you want to know more about the topics we’ve been discussing on Prison Pipeline?

CR10 was presented with more than 3,000 folks participating in 200 workshops. Each organization is working hard to focus on their mission.
Listed below are some organizations and contact information that we have mentioned on Prison Pipeline and a few more that are additional sources of information.

National STOPMAX Campaign Taking the Next Steps. Concerning the use of isolation and devices of torture in U.S. prisons. Search Google for:
American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) National STOPMAX Campaign. - Human Rights Coalition - Lugman Abdullah with Youth Service, Inc. - Back to Society, Inc, HRC.

Ban the Box in your Community -All of Us or None (A great 23 minute DVD -Locked Up..Locked Out - that is available for a small donation. Telephone 1-415-255-7036 - X337 to order. Linda Evans from San Francisco and Susan Burton from Los Angeles and Portland’s own Patty Katz from Partnership for Safety and Justice (start with Google) are all working on this issue. You can email: info@prisonerswithchildren.org for a lot of excellent information. Legal Services for Prisoners with Children show a page on the web “10 Things You Can Do - To Support the Struggle for Prisoners’ Rights”

Criminal Justice and Immigration Perspectives on “Alternatives” Models. - Search - Detention Watch Network, (Andrea Black spoke at this workshop) also Search - Families for Freedom, (Ravi Ragbir was the third speaker) and Judith Greene (Policy Analyst for Justice Strategies -Search - www.justicestrategies.net.

FILMS TO SEE:
The CRITICAL RESISTANCE 10th Anniversary Film Festival
Showed the following films. I’m not sure about the availability of these films, but perhaps if you Google the name of the films that interest you, there will be enough information to help you see these films.

*In Prison My Whole Life (2007) 90 min. Marc Evans
*The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation (2007) - Directed by Jimmy O’Halligan, Produced by Ann Harkens and Scott Crow.
*Three Thousand Years and Life (1973) - 49 min. by Randall Conrad.
*Prison Town, USA (2006) - 75 min. Katie Galloway & Po Kutchins.
*Writ Writer (2007) - 54 min. Susanne Mason.
*Vision is Our Power (2008) 35 min - Visions to Peace Project
*Tales from the Treatment Rooms: The Luis Ramirez Story (2007) - 63 min. by Carrie von Reichardt
*Making the River (2008) - 80 min. by Two River Circle
*Women and Girls in the Sex Trade (2005) - 23 min
*Tribute to Stan Tookie Williams 1953-2005 (2008) - 66 min -Becnel and Neal
*Locked Up, Locked Out - 23 min, All of Us or None
*Up the Ridge (2008) 60 min - Nick Szuberia and Amelia Kirby
*Against Our Better Nature (2008) - 20 min by Kenya Briggs
*Sean Bell (2007) - 5 min Redhook Productions
*Redhook Raids (2008) - 15 min Redhooks Production *Finding Our Folk (2006) - 60 min. by Omo Moses

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